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Former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley Sentenced to 12 years for corruption related to the Iraq war

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The Department of Justice sentenced another former U.S. Army Officer yesterday, former U.S. Army Major Eddie Pressley. Once again they patted themselves on the back for showing America that corruption and criminal behavior will not be tolerated etc. They are standing sentry duty to protect our tax dollars  blah, blah, blah.  While I applaud their efforts to lance the festering boil of malfeasance in USG contracting, they have yet to scratch the surface of the problem.  For every criminal they catch, they seem to be letting 100′s of real crooks sneak out the backdoor with truckloads of those supposedly sacred tax dollars, 30-60 millions worth, according to the Commission on Wartime Contracting’s final report.

I have to wonder if the DoJ will continue to prosecute a smattering of individuals for things like timesheet fraud.   That’s right folks that little old trip to the PX, if undocumented, could get you arrested.  Perhaps you should change your name to something like John Smith, Inc. or J. Q. Public, LLC, so the DoJ will know that you are not an arrest worthy petty criminal but you are in fact a legitimate business, indemnified by the DoD with a license to steal.

The DoJ needs to  indict and prosecute the big players in the debacle we know as government contracting, as well as the individual law breakers & profiteers!  Until the DoJ steps up to the plate there will be no justice! ~Forseti

Former Army Major Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts in Support of Iraq War

To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

WASHINGTON – Eddie Pressley, 41, a former U.S. Army contracting official, was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid for contracts awarded in support of the Iraq war, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins sentenced Eddie Pressley late yesterday to 144 months in prison and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following the prison term. The court said it would also require Pressley to forfeit $21 million as well as real estate and several automobiles.

“Mr. Pressley participated in a wide-ranging scheme to steer U.S. Army contracts to particular providers in exchange for personal, illegal profit,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Taking in nearly $3 million, he enlisted his wife to help him conceal the nature of his bribes and created phony paperwork to keep the scheme going. This sentence sends the message loud and clear that we will not tolerate corruption of any kind, and are determined to hold corrupt officials accountable.”

“This contracting scheme was driven by greed and is in no way representative of the vast majority of public officials and government contractors who work hard to serve our military,” said James McJunkin, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “The FBI will continue to investigate contracting fraud which deprives the U.S. government of taxpayer dollars, regardless of where it occurs.”

“I am pleased to see a perpetrator of criminal activity in Iraq justly sentenced,” said Stuart W. Bowen Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).   “This individual sought to enrich himself at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. SIGIR’s investigations team will continue to pursue criminals operating in Iraq and bring them to justice.”

“This sentence sends a clear message of deterrence to anyone contemplating such an egregious breach of public trust.  It is not a matter of if you will be caught, but a matter of when,” said James K. Podolak, director of Army CID’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU). “The outcome of this investigation is yet another testament to the teamwork among the special agents of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s MPFU and our fellow federal law enforcement agencies.”

“This sentencing represents the seriousness with which the government will pursue corruption among its ranks,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.  “The Defense Criminal Investigative Service stands with our service members as they deploy throughout the world and will root out shameless bribery schemes such as this one perpetrated by Mr. Pressley.  DCIS continues to work alongside our investigative partners at Army CID, SIGIR, FBI, IRS-CI, and Public Integrity to jointly bring these matters to justice.”

Eddie Pressley, and his wife Eurica Pressley, were found guilty at trial on March 1, 2011, of one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, eight counts of honest services fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and 11 counts of engaging in monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. A sentencing date for Eurica Pressley has not yet been scheduled by the court.

The case against the Pressleys arose from a corruption probe focusing on Camp Arifjan, a U.S. military base in Kuwait. As a result of this investigation, 17 individuals, including the Pressleys, have pleaded guilty or been found guilty at trial for their roles in the scheme.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Eddie Pressley took various actions to benefit certain contractors who paid him bribes, including Terry Hall. Pressley served as a U.S. Army contracting official at Camp Arifjan between 2004 and 2005. From spring 2004 through fall 2007, Hall operated and had an interest in several companies, including Freedom Consulting and Catering Co. and Total Government Allegiance. In February 2005, Eddie Pressley arranged for Hall to obtain a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to deliver goods and services to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and its components in Kuwait and elsewhere.

A BPA is a type of contract by which the DoD agrees to pay a contractor a specified price for a particular good or service. Based on a BPA, the DoD orders the supplies on an as-needed basis. The contractor is then obligated to deliver the supplies ordered at the price agreed upon in the BPA. The term for such an order by the DoD is a “call.”

According to Hall’s testimony and other evidence presented at trial, Pressley demanded a $50,000 bribe before he would issue bottled water calls to Hall. Hall testified that in April 2005, he and his associates arranged for Pressley to receive the money in a bank account established in the name of a shell company, EGP Business Solutions Inc.

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  1. Comment by Camp Arifjan Watch:

    They are still texting away low bid information to their friends and making frivilous amendments at the last minute or even after bidding closes and the PARC, Colonel Rogers is powerless ( or approves ) to safeguard bidding information. LTC Shane Dietrich before also was part of the problem and not ensuring clean competition. It is beyond the capability of the Army to conduct clean solicitations. The PARC is a joke at Arifjan as are the JCC-I instructions brought in after U.S. Army Major Cockerham took $ 19 Million in kickbacks and bribes with the help of his associates – like Pressley here. 20 + plus convicted individuals from one base – Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Bravo Army

  2. Comment by Ali Al Salem Watch - 386 ECONS:

    This contracting commander, MAJ Lance Hannan doesn’t publicise anything – N O T H I N G. He tells his contracting officers to only go to hes select contractors. He doesn’t believe in the Competition in Contracting Act or the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Those bothersome regulations don’t apply to the United States Air Force overseas.

    When is the AFOSI going to investigate those contracting officers procurement actions.

    There will be publicized documents coming out of the 386s and being posted with links from the Number One Corruption Expose’ Site – Ms Sparky with links to the documents. Keep following this thread we will find out what companies are getting the contracts, what companies are on Major Hannon’s bid list and every AF Form 9 for the past 6 years. MAJ Hannon says he doesn’t know how http://www.usmilitarycontracting.com works – cannot post to them. Major Kapise from the 380 ECONS manages to post a couple out of Abu Dhabi. Maybe she can do a little train the trainer for MAJ Hannan. What was going on in 2007 between Arifjan and Ali Al Salem. I wonder if RICO ever came to mind for the General Officers in charge of Arifjan and Ali Al Salem.

    When is the DOJ going to apply the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against the systemic contracting violations at Camp Arijan and Ali Al Salem ?

    The evidence is there – we just need some real legal analysts to see the practices.

    Remember the 2 Forklifts that needed repair at Arifjan? The contracting irregularities. Contracting officers under the PARC’s nose where a contracting officer tried to invite his friends to bid AFTER bidding closed. With the PARCs blessing (?) used Google mail to get the forklifts to another contractor – soon to be named by the 408th. Google Mail to bypass their email accounts to communicate to a vendor outside of proper contracting channels? With knowledge of the Contracting Commander. RICO – why didn’t the DOJ apply the RICO laws to Cockerham and gang.

  3. Comment by Arifjan Watch:

    Well congratulations to the current crew at Camp Arifjan. Colonel Rogers ( PARC ) Colonel Shane Dietrich was probably as protective when the last minute Amendments were being posted AFTER bidding closed and I am sure just as then Colonel Joe Bass (now a 1-star) was with Major John Cockerham. There is no former about it – they were active duty when they steered those contracts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockerham_bribery_?case

    The Ring Leader they called him, but maybe we have a new Camp Arifjan ringleader – Pressley

    This is headline news at the top of the page in 1 inch red letters on the ARAB TIMES.

    Jail for former Arifjan procurement officer
    Pressley sentenced for bribery, money laundering

    WASHINGTON, Jan 7, (AFP): A federal judge in Alabama sentenced a former US Army major to 12 years in prison Friday for his role in a bribery and money laundering scheme with government contracts that supported the US military in Iraq.
    Eddie Pressley, 41, was convicted of steering government contracts to specific contractors in exchange for kickbacks while he served as a US Army contract procurement officer.
    He also must forfeit $21 million along with real estate and several automobiles.
    “Taking in nearly $3 million, he enlisted his wife to help him conceal the nature of his bribes and created phony paperwork to keep the scheme going,” said Assistant US Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement.
    Pressley is one of 17 defendants who have pleaded guilty or been convicted in an ongoing Justice Department corruption investigation focusing on Camp Arifjan, a US military base in Kuwait.
    Pressley, and his wife, Eurica Pressley, were found guilty at trial on March 1, 2011, of one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, eight counts of honest services fraud, one count of money laundering conspiracy and 11 counts of engaging in monetary transactions with criminal proceeds. A sentencing date for Eurica Pressley has not yet been set.
    The Army authorized Pressley to award supply contracts at Camp Arifjan between 2004 and 2005 while he also held undisclosed business interests in several contracting companies, including Freedom Consulting and Catering Co and Total Government Allegiance, a Justice Department statement said.
    Terry Hall, one of the contractors who admitted to paying Pressley and a co-conspirator more than $1.6 million in bribes, agreed to testify against him at trial.
    Hall said that in exchange for contracts to supply bottled water and fencing to the US military, Pressley demanded that Hall and his associates put the bribe money in a bank account set up in the name of a phony company, EGP Business Solutions Inc.
    Pressley’s wife assisted by setting up other bank accounts in Dubai and the Cayman Islands to receive and conceal the money through wire transfers. The Pressleys allegedly hid the bribes further by writing up invoices for ill-defined “consulting services,” according to court testimony.

    If you want a copy – send an email to Ms. Sparky and we’ll get a copy sent out to you.

    Joel Millman has attended every corrupt contracting officer’s trial ( what 20 of them all from Camp Arifjan now ?? ) and I am sure that he is not finished. He should do some investigative reporting on the 386th and see why they are single sole sourcing a couple of companies and not posting solicitations – anywhere. Even with the assistance of the ultimate in customer service assisting. Unable he says. No can do.

    Why would Ali Al Salem be running any differently than Arijan. Both are in Kuwait and both steering towards a few select companies and we see what the motive for Arijan has been – so why would it be any different for the 386th ?

  4. Comment by CAMP ARIFJAN WATCH:

    The officials at CAMP ARIFJAN ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SYMANTICS OF THE PETITION TO END FAR 5.202 (a) ( 12 ) and hiding solicitations.

    The HEADLINES SAY

    Former Army Major Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to DoD Contracts in Support of Iraq War
    To Date, 17 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

    The symantics here Contracting Officers of Arifjan is ONGOING it hasn’t ended according to this article and it is ongoing [ READ: ONGOING ].

    on·go·ing (ngng, ôn-)
    adj.
    1. Currently taking place: an ongoing festival.
    2. In progress or evolving.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    ——————————————————————————–
    ongoing [??n?g????]
    adj
    1. actually in progress ongoing projects
    2. continually moving forward; developing
    3. remaining in existence; continuing
    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

    • Comment by CAMP ARIFJAN WATCH:

      Did the Contracting Officers of Camp Arifjan complain to the author of the article featured that they resent the use of the word ongoing.

      as if the corruption is not still continuing and if if the investigators stopped looking – they should be rotated to another assignment.

      Just because the FBI and ARMY CID take 8 years to announce chages doesn’t mean that the corruption currently occuring is not happening – it means that we won’t read about it for another 6 – 8 years.

      Put all solicitations on http://www.fbo.gov

      STOP THE LAST MINUTE AMENDMENTS – no amendments within 3 days of the BID DUE IN.

      TAKE AWAY CONTRACTING OFFICER CELL PHONES and make them use only email communications.

      Stop allowing Contracting Officers from writing using their Yahoo Gmail and Hotmail accounts while on duty and in fact put a firewall to prevent them commmunicating by that means while on duty and during work hours.

  5. Comment by DOJ WATCH:

    How is it that Pressley get 12 years and MOMON gets 18 months. That was hardly worth the tax payers dollars was it Eric Holder.

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